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Uganda: Somali Speaker Commends Uganda Parliament


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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The Speaker of the Federal Parliament of Somalia has applauded Uganda's Parliament saying it was one of the best in Africa. Mohammed Sheik Osman Jawari hailed Uganda's Parliament noting that it has developed many systems and processes.

"You have knowledgeable staff and experienced MPs. You have effective committee systems. We shall learn from the abundant resources and excel. There is plenty to learn from Uganda," Jawari said on Tuesday.

He said this during the signing of a twinning agreement between Uganda's Parliament and that of Somalia. The function took place at Parliament of Uganda.

Under the twinning arrangement Uganda will train Somali staff and MPs on Parliamentary business such as drafting Bills, making reports, debating and following the Rules of Procedure. Jawari led a delegation from Somalia's Parliament.

Jawari thanked the Uganda Peoples Defence Force for efforts towards restored peace in Somalia. "The sacrifice of our brothers in bringing peace, rule of law, reconciliation, development and democracy will not be in vain," he said.

Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Parliament said Uganda was proud to be part of the AMISOM initiative that is helping Somalia to re-build strong security and governance institutions which will facilitate the restoration of peace, reconciliation and national development.

Kadaga said Uganda has similar training for the Parliament of Southern Sudan and other Parliaments in the region. "Our Parliament has built strong capacity in delivery of training and other forms of capacity building both for MPs and staff.

Uganda's Institute of Parliamentary Studies will collaborate with experts from your side to implement our cooperation", Kadaga said.

The deputy clerk to Uganda's Parliament Chris Kaija-Kwamya said Uganda's Parliament would train committee clerks of Somalia, hold seminars. He said they would put emphasis on teaching Somali MPs on how to interpret the rules of procedure.



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